SIDNEY MELBOURNE has the best form on offer. He disappointed in a handicap here last month but first-time blinkers may sharpen him up and he has little to beat in this. Backhomeinderry was beaten only a length over a longer trip here on his penultimate start and it would be no surprise if the likes of Frontier Vic, River Dancing and Milor De La Borie showed a big improvement on their form to date. Annelko is rated higher on the Flat than fellow hurdling debutant Tallevu while Six of Clubs won twice on the Flat at Wolverhampton in December but has shown little in three starts over timber so far.
Annelko 5-2fav (9-4) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 19l behind Wordiness (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb (flat).
Backhomeinderry (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, steady headway on outside 7th, ridden in 6th after 3 out, stayed on to 4th 2 out, no impression, 4th of 13, 10l behind Helium (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Frontier Vic .
Juicy Legend 50-1 (10-11) Towards rear, went poor 4th flat, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Up To Something (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Mixed Meaning (IRE) .
River Dancing (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, never on terms, 6th of 10, 32l behind Quick Decisson (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Sidney Melbourne (USA) .
Six of Clubs 40-1 (10-8) Took keen hold, held up in close 4th, not fluent 4th or 5th, outpaced approaching 3 out, soon behind, left 3rd last, 3rd of 4, 28l behind Outrageous Request (10-11) at Hereford 2m 1f 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Mar '12.
Aldeburgh 16-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, never a factor, 6th of 7, 35l behind Foggy's Wall (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Milor De La Borie (FR) 25-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, edged left and weakened over 3f out, 6th of 11, 20l behind Doctor Harper (11-7) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (5) sft in Dec.
Tallevu (IRE) .
Bedibyes 33-1 (8-7) Slowly away, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, never nearer, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Chella Thriller (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol (flat).